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Can you help me ?

Now for something completely different.

Though I'm usually no big fan of chess variants and unorthodox problems, I can't resist sharing the very entertaining and puzzling problem a chess friend has shown us at the club today.

Normal chess rules apply, but from the initial position, white has agreed to play 1.f3 2.Kf2 3.Kg3 and 4.Kh4 in this order, no matter what.

The problem is : how can black checkmate him on the 4th move (ie. after 4.Kh4) ? Smile



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  • 18 months ago

    KeyserSzoze

    @FM VEGGIE-MONSTER, thanks for allowing me to go to sleep :)

  • 19 months ago

    gnuandspeedo

    That's it FM VEGGI-MONSTER. I didn't focus on "...no matter what" enough and your suggested approach to figuring these types of puzzles seems good.

  • 19 months ago

    FM VEGGIE-MONSTER

    For these kind of puzzles it is best to figure out where you can put your pieces to even create a possible mate. Putting a queen on f3 makes sense, as it blocks all but one square (g5), and prevents the king from going back home. Then a bishop on e7 gives check and covers g5, so it's all over.

    1...e5(or e6) 2.Kf2 Qf6 3.Kg3 Qxf3+ 4.Kh4 Be7#

  • 19 months ago

    hicetnunc

    @Qatarpark : Black must checkmate white on h4 - so the white king must be granted an access to that square Smile

  • 19 months ago

    Qatara

    1-f3 e5 2-Kf2 h5 3-Kg3 h4+ 4-Kg4 d5 mate++

  • 19 months ago

    newbourne

    Deleted my answer, so others can have a go at it :)

  • 19 months ago

    newbourne

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    newbourne

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  • 19 months ago

    gnuandspeedo

    I've tried for 20 minutes and have not come closeFrown Rather than just moving I am going to try to see the key without moving, good luck on that approach.

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